Humiliating defeat away to Bow A.C.C.
DT Reserves 1 vs Bow A.C.C. 8
The Reserves travelled to top of the table Bow A.C.C. and for you who are not well versed in the geography of Devon is locate in the back and beyond past Crediton in mid-Devon. With the playing conditions to say the least not suitable to the beautiful game, by way of the pitch in the same condition as a public park locate in Kabul, the rain and wind coming directly from from the Russian Urals and the tempreture at minus 2 the Seasiders knew it was gonig to be hard. From the kick off it was clear that Bow had planned for the match with the introduction of some players who were not present in the previous meeting between the two teams earlier in the season when a tight fought and close game ended with Bow the winners after scoring the winner with two minutes to go, Bow immediately pushed forward and 10 minutes into the game took the lead. The home team waged an onslaught to the Dawlish Goal and when the Dawlish defence went to sleep they scored their second.
Fifteen minutes into the game Dawlish began to settle and pushed the home team on to the back foot for twenty minutes. Simon Frost took a long throw from the righthand side of the Bow half, the ball bounced off the head of the Bow defender and the head of Dawlish midfielder Neil Cleave into the corner of the goal. The referee, who incidently was the at his home club, immediately blew his whistle and disallowed the goal, stating nobody had touch the ball from the throw in. The Dawlish team lost concentration and let Bow back into the game, taking advantage of the situation and some bad defending from Dawlish scored three more quick goals before the half time break, with Marcus Pritchard – Student – being at fault on three occasions due his excessive alcohol intake the previous evening
Dawlish changed the line up for the second half with Owen Last coming on for the injured Alex Fenner in the centre of defence. The game continued in a simular vein, with Dawlish on the back foot. Dan Scott came on to make his debut for Liam Jones on the left and Tom Poulter replaced Sean Stoneman who had once again impressed in the left of midfield as did Lee Fenner playing right midfield. Bow pushed forward and scored three more goals before Joe Crooks pulled one back for the visitors with his sixth goal of the season, after meeting a Neil Cleave free-kick with his head in the six yard box. Joe then nearly scored again when a second headed attempt crashed into the cross bar. The game ended with the very flattering result of 8-1 to Bow.
After the game the Management team met with Chairman Dave Fenner to discuss the future of the reserves, the recent shock resignation of Rob Colman and the recent approach by an un-named championship club for the management team. After discussions lasting into the wee small hours of the night Dave Fenner emerged to read the follow statement: “After tonight’s discussions with both Derek Spence and Keith Fenner, I am glad to announce that both will be staying with the club and not leaving to take over at the championship club. I can confirm that I was approached earlier in the week asking for permission to speak to both managers. It has been agreed to bring in a new management team to run the Reserves to free up both Derek and Keith for special duties within the club, and that both will be given substantial pay rises, expence accounts and a new company BMW. I am saddened by Rob Colman’s resignation as joint manager, but I also happy to announce he will be continuing his work in the clubs programme and will still be part of Dawlish Town AFC. I will be releasing the names of the new management team within the coming days.”